Are you ready for Epiphany? Do you know the story of the wise men’s visit to Jesus?
I gave a quiz to my adult Bible study last month about the Christmas story to “test” their knowledge of the actual Biblical account of Jesus’ birth. One of the questions asked was “how many magi (wise men) visited Jesus?” Almost everyone said “three.” However, there is no indication in scripture of how many wise men actually visited Jesus. Also to the surprise of many of them, the wise men (however many there were) did not come to visit Jesus the night he was born. Their visit could have happened anywhere between one week and two years after Jesus’ birth.
Regardless of how many wise men came or when they actually came, what I have been thinking about this Epiphany is my journey with Jesus. The question I have been asking myself is, how do I see the light and how am I following it?
I love the season of Epiphany because of its focus on light. The star that the wise men follow symbolizes a new light in the world – Jesus Christ. They journey for days, weeks or even months to follow that light until they come upon the Christ Child.
I feel fortunate because since before I can remember my journey of faith has been an “easy” one. There have been times in my life when I have questioned what I believed. But I don’t ever remember questioning the existence of God – but my basic theological beliefs. I have been a “church going” person my whole life. I went to church while I was in college and I was very active in a religious group on campus.
Even during my “darkest” times I always found myself running to God instead of away from God.
Now I am not perfect, I have done my share of yelling at God and wondering where God was during certain parts of my life. But overall I know that I am where I am today because of my faith.
However, no everyone’s faith journey is the same. I know many people who question the existence of God, or know that God’s exists but they do not know how that fits into their lives.
On our journey in life we need to be reminded that we ALL are God’s children who need to follow the light of Christ. God is calling us to come to the light. Just as Jerusalem was to be the light on a hill for all nations to see God’s glory, we need to come toward this “light” so that we too may be transformed by life in God’s presence.
So as you go on your journey in 2012 remember that Christ is the light. Think about how the light of Christ is guiding you this year and during this time of your life. If you have any questions about who God is for you and how God will relate to you in your life please let us know.